He enlisted in the USAAF in Bangor, Maine, on 21 January 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Saint Albans Village Cemetery, Saint Albans, Somerset Co., Maine. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

BLANK, WILLIAM T., Sergeant, # 35790945, USAAF

 

William T. Blank was born in 1923 in Ohio to Joseph W. Blank (1891-1930) and Elizabeth (Gill) Blank (1893-1946). A brother was Joseph W. Blank Jr. (1916-1938). He was employed as a trucker in 1942.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on 4 March 1943. He was trained as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. He was the senior gunner. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

CUMMINS, CHESTER LEE, Sergeant, # 38293004, USAAF

 

He was born on 8 September 1920 in Parmar, Missouri, to William Morton Cummins (1869-1940) (IL) and Bertha A. (Bullock) Cummins (1884-1945) (IL). Living with them in 1940 was a maternal aunt, Joe Shy (1894-    ) (MO) (widowed) and Joe Shy’s son, Charles Everett Shy (1925-1989).

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, and described himself as 6’3”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 15 October 1942. He was trained as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortress. He was sent overseas to India. On 14 December 1944, a B-29, # 42-24726, assigned to 20th Air Force, 40th Bomb Group, 25th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Chakulia, India, on its 20th bombing mission, over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand), and Rangoon, Burma. He was the right waist gunner. It crashed unseen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.